We can describe the idea in one sentence: an iPod patent that switches output to mono when a pair of earbuds are split between two people.
But how, by gum, to describe the pencil-line freaks of the patent illustration, except through wordless screaming? Befreckled, sloe-eyed moppets struckwith lionitis, then decapitated, their horror-induced rictuses still face-frozen? GAH!
Good lord, Apple. If this is the best you can come up with, no wonder you prefer your iPod models to be well silhouetted.